Rudy Gobert, the first NBA player to test positive for the new coronavirus, apologized on Twitter for a misplaced joke following the pandemic. “That was a lack of insight. I put people at risk,” said the French basketball player.
Earlier this week, Gobert mocked the coronavirus at a press conference. After an inevitable question about the Covid-19 virus, the French center of Utah Jazz ostentatiously touched all microphones. He received a lot of criticism. Two days later, 27-year-old Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for the virus.
“I want to thank everyone who has expressed his support. Since my diagnosis, I have been going through an emotional rollercoaster. I feel fear and sometimes shame,” said the French international. “I want to apologize to the people I put at risk. I didn’t think I would carry the virus. I lacked insight and recognition at the time.”
The American channel ESPN yesterday revealed that teammates regret Gobert’s negligent behavior. The All-Star would have ostentatiously touched the players and their belongings in the dressing room. A day later, teammate Donovan Mitchell took a positive test for the coronavirus.
Utah Jazz, the US game distributor, wrote on Instagram that “everyone now understands the seriousness of the situation”. And “people should take responsibility for their hygiene and the wellbeing of their environment.” “I hope this story can help everyone deal with these conditions seriously.”